Hypertext Interfaces for Decision-Support Systems: A Case Study

Reference: Barsalou, T.; Chavez, R. M.; & Weiderhold, G. Hypertext Interfaces for Decision-Support Systems: A Case Study. 1989.

Abstract: Decision-support systems require intuitive human interfaces that maximize the flow of information between machine and user. We describe the use of hypertext authoring tools for designing high-grade interfaces to PENGUIN, a database management system extended with structural semantics, and to KNET, a shell for constructing probabilistic expert systems. The interface designer uses hypertext tools to construct a visual representation of the underlying database or knowledge base. We demonstrate that the separation of the hypertext interface from the computational engine expedites the development of applications that merge expert-system and relational-database technologies.

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